Rocky Mountain Obituaries 2-18-13
Kenneth Pierce, 83, of LaSalle, Colo., passed away February 7, 2013 at his home.
He was born May 13, 1929 at the family farm near Briggsdale, Colo., to Oakley G. Pierce and Bessie (Elizabeth) V. (Lynch) Pierce. He was the youngest child of seven and the only child to stay on the farm. To his farming operation, he added his Uncle Floyd Pierce’s original homestead and other properties. Ken attended Ebberson Grade School and Briggsdale High School and graduated in 1947. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. As a Corporal during the Korean War, Ken taught radar and guided missile electronics at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
Not only was Ken a devoted wheat farmer, he was one of the pioneers of using artificial insemination to improve his primarily Simmental cattle herd. He and a few of his neighbors developed a grazing association near his farm. Ken enjoyed the vast open spaces of the plains. In the 1990’s, due to deteriorating health, the cattle were sold and Ken placed the majority of his farm into the Conservation Reserve Program. He moved to Kersey, Colo., so he could be closer to medical facilities yet still have access to his farm. In 2010, he moved to a home in LaSalle, Colo. Recently the last of his farm was sold to his long time neighbors and friends the Jim Sievers family.
During his last few years, his farming was limited to his tomato plants. He loved finding a bargain at local auctions and enjoyed tinkering with anything mechanical from his combine or tractor, to his numerous computers. He was happy to research anything on the internet and kept in touch with his many friends and relatives on his computer. Ken’s friends and neighbors said that he could fix anything.
He is survived by his sisters Orie Mangan of Maraposa, Calif., and Ethlynne Manisto of Van Nuys, Calif.; nephews Roy Leroux of Prescott, Ariz., Steven Leroux of Windsor, Colo., Michael Leroux of Windsor, Colo., and Radium Colo., Darrel Knuppel of Grover, Colo., Joe Mangan of Reno, Nev., Pat Mangon of Mariposa, Calif., Terry Mangan of Aurora, Colo., Sean Mangan of Everett, Mass., Norman Rosling of Grand Junction, Colo., Kit Rosling of Roggen, Colo., Richard Pierce of Topeka, Kan., James Pierce of Hays, Kan., and his nieces Sally (Leroux ) Keefer of Leesburg, Va., Linda ( Leroux) Jones of Meeker, Colo., Kathy ( Knuppel) Kracht of Sterling, Colo., Margie (Knuppel) Geyer of Fort Collins, Colo., Janice (Knuppel) Sorensen of New Raymer, Colo., Morgan ( Potter) Seaborn of Albuquerque, N.M., Susan (Rosling) Leinhauser of Mariposa, Calif., and Bonnie (Pierce) Hamlin of Panama City Beach, Fla.; and close friends Bob and Ramona Shepherd.
He was preceded in death by sisters Lucille Leroux of Radium, Colo., Dorthy Knuppel of Grover, Colo., Hazel Potter of Reno, Nev., Ada Rosling of Commerce City, Colo., and brother, Oakley George “Bud” Pierce of Hays, Kan.
Memorial services were held February 14, 2013 at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colo.
Please visit the online guestbook at http://www.StoddardSunset.com. ❖
RG Ramey, 91, of Greeley, Colo., passed away January 21, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Greeley,Colo.
He was born May 16, 1921 in Atwood, Kan., to Jobe and Ethel (Hoffman) Ramey.
He grew up on his parent’s farm 15 miles northwest of Colby, Kan. He lived there until 1938 when he and his father and brother, Josh, moved to a farm in the Elizabeth, Colo., area. His mother passed away in 1934.
He went to Sappa View School, a one room school about one and a fourth miles from their home. He and Josh walked to school as did most of the children going there. It seems the school was known for its “pranks” which became story telling in later years. It was a close knit neighborhood including several Ramey families, uncles, aunts and cousins.
While living in Kansas, RG experienced the Dust Bowl and Depression days. Many days it would be as dark as night. There were days of hardships and a test of ones endurance. After four years they decided to leave and go to Colorado. It was then that he met Joyce Konkel and they were married February 8, 1944.
RG was drafted into the Army in November 1942, during World War II. Dark clouds hung on the horizon, a difficult time for many families. He was stationed at Camp Swift in Austin, Texas, when he and Joyce were married. During the army days they lived in Austin, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Alexandria, La., Cheyenne, Wyo., and Neosho, Mo. He received his discharge in the spring of 1946 at which time they went to Bird City, Kan., to farm. They were there 12 years. While there their son, Lavoy, was born.
In 1958 they moved to a farm southwest of Franktown, Colo., and farmed there until 1977. RG worked for the Douglas County School until his retirement in 1986. In 1991 they moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., and moved to Greeley, Colo., in 2001.
RG enjoyed friends, going places and food. He had a good sense of humor and entertained people with his stories. He also had his serious side and looked to God for his guidance each day.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce; son, Lavoy of Greeley, Colo.; brother, Josh (Ruby) Ramey of Fort Morgan, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lucille Gilliland, Lohraine Tyson, infant Bernadine; and nephew, Royce Tyson.
Memorial services were held January 24, 2013 at Adamson Chapel in Greeley, Colo.
Interment was in Colby, Kan. ❖
George Warren Linger, 69, of Flagler, Colo., passed away January 23, 2013 due to complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease.
He was born on March 13, 1943 to Lyman George Linger and Sylvia B. Scanlon in Alamosa, Colo.
Lyman and his brothers owned the Linger Brothers Ranch bordering the Great Sand Dunes National Monument near Alamosa, Colo. That was where young George started his training to become a cowboy.
When George was three, Lyman and Sylvia bought Rattlesnake Park Ranch in the foothills of Loveland, Colo., where they raised cattle and horses. Until he was six years old, he was home schooled and he often told the story of how he would sit on the corral fence while Lyman worked horses. This is where he learned math, ABC’s, and spelling.
From the time George and his brother Mike were old enough to sit on a horse they were expected to work on the family ranch. When they were not being schooled, they rose early in the morning, joined the ranch hands down at the barn, mounted their horses and worked on the ranch until dark. He often said this is where he learned the fine art of fence building.
The Linger family also showed their registered Hereford cattle at the National Western Stock show each year where they were awarded Grand Champion status. Lyman believed very strongly in conservation and practiced this faithfully on his ranch. Lyman was awarded many awards throughout the years and was asked to teach others his practices. He taught George the value of preserving the land and he followed his dad’s conservation practices.
When George started second grade and his brother Mike started first, they were taught in a one room school house near the ranch. He transferred to public school for seventh grade. When he was a junior in high school, his mother decided she wanted her boys to learn to be disciplined gentlemen, so she enrolled them in Wentworth Military academy in Lexington, Mo., where he stayed until his senior year. He went back home and graduated from Fort Collins High and attended CSU where he majored in Animal Husbandry.
George married Jeanine Kennedy in 1961. They were blessed with a daughter, Michal Sue, and a son, Warren Scott.
Even though George left the ranch and worked at various jobs, he was always a cowboy at heart and every opportunity he had he went back and worked on the ranch. George was the Vice-President of the Bank of Fountain Valley in Security, Colo., when his father learned he had prostate cancer. George was asked to come home and run the family ranch, which he did. After his father’s death, George started his own herd of registered Gelbvieh cattle, which he still raises.
George and his present wife, Jeane, were married April 1, 1981. To this union, Jeane brought her daughter D’Lynn Jeane. Together they made the decision to combine their families and create a loving family. Jeane was the one to always tell the children, “Be safe, you’ll poke your eye with that thing, etc.” George on the other hand told the kids, “Let’s go do this, if you don’t try it you’ll never know if it will work” and “You can be anything you want to be.”
George always encouraged his children and grandchildren in their endeavors and always told them he was proud of them. Most of all, he always hugged, kissed, and told his wife, children, and grandchildren he loved them.
Memorial services were held February 2, 2013 at Flagler High School Gymnasium.
Memorial contributions may be made to MDA/ ALS in memory of George W. Linger, 720 South Colorado Suite 380 – South Denver, Colo., 80246 or Muscular Dystrophy Association National Headquarters 3300 E. Sunrise Drive Tucson, Ariz., 85718. ❖
Stanley William “Willie” Silva
Stanley William Silva, 61, of Peyton, Colo., passed away February 9, 2013 while in Pikes Peak Hospice care for pain management of cancer.
Willie was born in 1952 in Waialua Oahu Hawaii, the oldest son of Stanley and Claudia Silva.
Willie lived a good life as a brother to Loni and Joe. He loved being on the ranch and working with all the animals. He very much enjoyed spending time with all his friends and family. He will be greatly missed by family and friends of all kinds.
He is survived by Loni and Ernie; Joe and Noel; Jason, Jerel, and Jennifer, along with many in Hawaii.
Cancer has a history with our family. In 1943, Grandma Annie Akan also suffered from cancer. She donated her remains for cancer research. A cancer lanai was build in Hawaii at the passing of a dear friend and to honor victims of cancer. A picture can be seen in the Lanai, in honor of Stanley Wienard Silva for his family contributions. Willie has taken it a step further in honor of his grandmother, he is also donating his body to Cancer Science Research. Being a cancer victim himself, he would like to stop the horrible suffering and pain associated with cancer. We are so honored that a family member stepped outside the box and even in death, tried to fight cancer.
Ranching has always been his family and passion. Willie will be put to rest at the completion of a family Ranch Chapel located on the family ranch cemetery in late summer of 2013. ❖
Glenn E. Venrick
Glenn E. Venrick, 77, passed away January 22, 2012 after a valiant struggle with heart failure.
He was born to Delbert W. and Iva Mae (Crosby) Venrick on November 24, 1934. He joined his foster brother Russell Brady and foster sister Goldie (Gebauer) Brady on the family farm southwest of Akron, Colo. Glenn was the third generation to live on the farmstead and lived there longer than any previous Venrick. In 2009, the Venrick farmstead was awarded a Centennial Farm designation by the state of Colorado, an honor Glenn was especially proud of.
Glenn married his high school sweetheart Janice Kay (Kundert) on June 6, 1954. They were blessed with two children, Michael (Mick) and Sari (Milsom). Glenn was a mechanic, an amateur veterinarian, a well driller, a plumber, an electrician, an animal husbandry professor, an agronomist, and a market analyst…in short he was a farmer and rancher. He was passionate about the land and took great pride and joy in planting the seed, watching it grow and occasionally bringing in a harvest when Mother Nature would cooperate. Glenn also operated a Cow/Calf operation. He loved the young calves, but did not love pulling them in the middle of cold snowy nights.
Glenn had many hobbies. During his years, he enjoyed “rock-hounding,” photography and trap shooting, but his true passion was acquiring and restoring toys. He started with farm toys (tractors), but moved to tin toys, cast iron toys, cars, trucks, and fire engines. He very much enjoyed hosting viewings of “Glenn’s Museum of Collectible Toys” to family, friends, FFA members and whomever should stumble into his domain.
He made many friends and memories in his quest to find the perfect toy. Glenn was a loyal and constant member of the Akron Lions Club. For years he never missed a meeting, served in all officer roles and was always willing and eager to support the Lion’s community service programs. He flipped burgers at the fair, cooked pancakes, hung flags, delivered Christmas baskets and collected glasses for his Lions Club. In 1998, he was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Award for service. Glenn lived and honored Melvin Jones’ philosophy of life. “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.”
Glenn loved children. He delighted in seeing and visiting with his grandsons J Evan and Connor Venrick and his “adopted” granddaughters Chelsea and Julie Starr. An occasion never went by when he did not slip them a dollar coin, a commemorative quarter or a two-dollar bill. Glenn loved seeing his many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family meant everything to Glenn. His many farm picnics and reunions were always of historic proportions and made for many memories and stories. In the end, Glenn would want to be remembered as a faithful husband, supportive father and grandfather, loving uncle and cousin and a concerned friend to many. He will be missed, celebrated and remembered by many. He would not think about himself, but would always ask: “How are you doing?”
He is survived by his wife Janice; son Michael and daughter Sari; grandsons Evan and Connor Venrick; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Memorial services were held January 25, 2012 at the United Methodist Church of Akron.
Interment followed at Akron Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Lions Club or to the United Methodist Church. ❖
Elmer A. Kobobel
Elmer A. Kobobel, 87, of Weldona, Colo., passed away February 11, 2013 at Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan, Colo.
He was born May 19, 1925 in Greeley, Colo., to Carl and Mary (Stricker) Kobobel.
Elmer grew up on the farm near Auburn School where he also attended school. As a teenager he farmed with his father. On June 30, 1945 he married Mariam Knaus in St. Francis, Kan. From 1945–1950 he worked as a mechanic for Garnsey Wheeler in Greeley, Colo. In 1950, after the death of his father, Elmer took over the Hoyt farm which he farmed until 1976. He worked a few years renting farms, then purchased the Weldona farm in 1979. He “retired” in 2004 but continued helping his sons whenever needed. Elmer and Mariam enjoyed being snowbirds and for 17 years and enjoyed the winter months in Mesa, Ariz. A man of faith, Elmer loved telling people about Jesus. He was a generous man and a man of his word.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam of Weldona, Colo.; daughter, Peggy Tramp of Greeley, Colo.; sons, Larry and Glen Kobobel both of Weldona, Colo.; grandchildren, Parry Tramp and wife Sara of Greeley, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Eden, Annie and Everlee Tramp all of Greeley, Colo.; and sister Clara Ulrich of Greeley, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Esther Clark, Venice Johns, Lillian Moffitt, Molly Stroh; and brothers, Bill, Carl, Edward, Fred, Harry, Harvey and Henry Kobobel.
Memorial services were held February 16, 2013 at Adamson Chapel.
Interment was at Linn Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to “Calvary Baptist Church” in care of Adamson Funeral Home, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colo., 80634.
Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.AdamsonChapels.com. ❖